Kickstart World Alzheimer's Month with a Playlist for Life

Lady lying down with records around her and white guitar

01 September 2021

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer and there is currently no cure. Alzheimer’s Society explains that “Dementia is caused by different diseases that affect the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of these diseases. Some other common types of dementia include vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.” Every three minutes somebody in the UK develops dementia, it is therefore important that we all know what support is available and how to access it.

To mark the first day of the awareness month we wanted to share information about a charity called Playlist for Life. Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity. The charity was founded in 2013 by writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson after the death of her mother, Mamie, who had dementia.

The charity’s vision is simple: “We want everyone with dementia to have a unique, personal playlist and everyone who loves or cares for them to know how to use it.”

So, what are the benefits of a personal playlist?

Playlist For Life shares, “Over two decades of scientific research has shown that listening to a personal playlist can improve the lives of those living with dementia. In fact, listening to music that is personally meaningful has many psychological benefits, meaning anyone can benefit from a playlist. Personal playlists can:

  • reduce anxiety
  • improve your mood
  • make difficult tasks more manageable
  • evoke memories that can help families and carers connect.”

Watch this heart-warming video of Liz and Eric as they share their wonderful story of building a personal playlist for Eric, who lives with dementia.

How do you make a playlist for yourself or a loved one?

The Playlist for Life website is packed full of free resources to help you at each stage of your playlist journey: from finding tunes to using music effectively and incorporating a playlist into a daily routine. Visit the site to get started:

red record playing on a record player with the words Dementia written in front with emphasis on the letters ME.

What other support is there available?

For more information about Alzheimer's and dementia visit Alzheimer's Society.

Carers Together provide dementia support, contact them directly, telephone: 01642 488977, email:

Middlesbrough residents can connect to Sanctuary Supported Living Dementia Advisor Service. This service can support the person diagnosed with dementia, their carers and supporters. It provides one to one support to Middlesbrough residents over the age of 18 years. For more information about the Sanctuary Supported Living Dementia Advisor Service, please call 01642 223544.